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2017 NFL DRAFT

Bronson Kaufusi, DE

School: Brigham Young  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Provo, UT
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 285 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
7292-3

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.812.841.6925 309'3"4.257.03

Player Overview

The son of BYU defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi, Bronson is a former two-sport star from Provo, Utah who also played for the Cougars' basketball team in 2012-13. Kaufusi's wife, Hilary, plays soccer at BYU.

Kaufusi arrived at BYU following a two-year Mormon church mission, and arrived six days before fall camp opened in 2013. He still recorded 23 tackles and 4.5 sacks while backing up eventual top-five NFL pick Ezekiel Ansah. Kaufusi knows the game better than his predecessor, and says helped his conditioning and footwork.

Kaufusi continued to build on his production every year for the Cougars, recording 37 tackles as a sophomore, 43 as a junior and a career-high 64 as a senior, when he also racked up a career-best 11.0 sacks to go with six quarterback hits, three forced fumbles, an interception and a fumble recovery.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Possessing broad shoulders, a huge wingspan and a tapered, athletic frame, Kaufusi has the look of an NBA power forward as much as he does an NFL edge rusher, which ultimately isn't surprising given that as a freshman (2012-13 season) he was a reserve on the Cougars basketball team.

Unlike most former basketball players, Kaufusi doesn't shy from contact, using his length and strength to stack and shed blockers at the point of attack and grab hold of ballcarriers as they attempt to run by. For his size, Kaufusi possesses good initial burst of the ball and he accelerates smoothly, showing a terrific motor to chase down ballcarriers yards downfield. He's alert and surprisingly nimble, showing enough balance, agility and awareness to drop into coverage on shallow routes.

The son of BYU defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi, he shows some polish, incorporating a powerful rip and spin moves to go along with traditional speed and power rushes. Called the "perfect BYU player" by then-head coach Bronco Mendenhall (now at Virginia) based on Kaufusi's talent, work ethic and leadership.

WEAKNESSES: A bit straight-linish, lacking ideal flexibility to scrape the corner and close in one fluid movement. These struggles also come into play when dropping back into coverage as he needs some space to change direction, making him a potential liability in pass defense against smaller, quicker receivers. An older prospect (high school graduating class was in 2010) due to serving on an LDS mission in New Zealand.

IN OUR VIEW: Big, athletic and tenacious, Kaufusi offers traits sure to intrigue scouts from 4-3 and 3-4 teams, alike. He's broad and strong enough to hold up at the point of attack as a 4-3 defensive end and can close on quarterbacks due to surprisingly lateral quickness, a varied set of pass rush moves and a motor that simply doesn't have an idle. Kaufusi has the length and acceleration to also intrigue as a possible outside linebacker.

Kaufusi remains a perplexing prospect. He isn't a natural bender and plays much too high, but he is agile and able to win with speed and redirection skills. Although he uses his hands aggressively, Kaufusi doesn't generate much power at the point of attack. Several around the league have yet to figure him out.

--Rob Rang and Dane Brugler (2/1/16)

 
 
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